grated raw carrots
Cabbage can be eaten raw.
raw substances are in a natural state and not treated or prepared for use [↪ refined]:
In its raw state, cocoa is very bitter.
Raw sewage had been dumped in the river.
The cost of our raw materials has risen significantly.
raw information is collected but not organized, examined, or developed:
software to convert raw data into usable information
His time here provided the raw material for his novel.
Warhol used everyday items as the raw ingredients of his art.
raw feelings are strong and natural, but not fully controlled:
Linda didn't want to see Roy while her emotions were still raw.
It took raw courage to admit she was wrong.
if a part of your body is raw, the skin there is red and painful:
The skin on my feet was rubbed raw.
not experienced or not fully trained:
Most of our soldiers are raw recruits.
to upset someone by something you say:
Seeing his face, Joanne realized she'd touched a raw nerve.
Customers are getting a raw deal and are rightly angry.
She shivered in the raw morning air.
music, art, language etc that is raw is simple, direct, and powerful, but not fully developed:
Her voice has a raw poetic beauty.
His early sketches are raw and unpretentious.
someone with raw talent is naturally good at something, but has not developed their ability yet:
He has the raw talent to become a star.
the edge of a piece of material before it has been sewn:
Turn over the raw edges and stitch.
—rawness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: cook
fry (in oil)
boil (in hot water)
bake (bread and cakes in an oven)
roast (meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave (using a microwave oven)
grill/broil American English (using a grill)
steam, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill
raw (not cooked)
rare (used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done (used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)cook
➔ See also cook